Welcome to Day 4 of the ‘Boost Your Mood’ Tenner Week Challenge, where we’re turning our attention outwards and making a plan to Give out, not in.
Research has found a number of links between doing good deeds – such as acts of giving and kindness – and an increase in wellbeing. So today we’re going to do one small thing to contribute to this.
Saying or doing something kind or helpful gives most people a little boost. Over time, regularly making a contribution can create a sense of purpose and increased self-esteem, and increased connection with other people.
It’s also a way to focus on things outside your own situation and thoughts, which can be a useful tool for gaining perspective and a more positive outlook.
Ideas for small kind actions to try today
- Offer to help a friend or relative at home or at work
- Ask someone if they’re okay if they look upset
- Be extra kind to a pet, or put winter food out for the birds
- Do some recycling, pick up litter, or run things to a local charity shop
- Hold a door open for someone carrying heavy bags or boxes
- Ask about ways to contribute at work: first aid training, fire safety, mentoring
- Give some spare food to a local foodbank
That should help you get started, and you will probably have some kindness-related ideas of your own.
Some more challenging ways to give or contribute
If you enjoy trying this activity today, think about how you might start taking small actions more regularly. Alternatively, you could look into starting or joining a bigger project that makes a contribution.
For example, you could try:
- Volunteering for a local or national group or organisation
- Doing a sponsored activity for a charity or cause you care about
- Working on a fundraising activity
- Making a one-off or regular donation to charity
- Joining an environmental project or group
More useful resources
- The Tenner Week Challenge rules
- 12 tips for a successful Tenner Week
- The ‘Boost Your Mood’ Tenner Week schedule
That’s it for today’s mini-challenge, and I’m feeling inspired to take a few store cupboard items to our local foodbank drop-off point now.
What small act of ‘give out not in’ kindness will you try today? Even smiling at someone might cheer them up if they’re having a tough day.
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